School Business Management Degree Program (MSE)
Master of Science in Education
The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree in School Business Management provides students an opportunity to pursue a course of study which will qualify them for licensure as a School Business Manager.
Job titles of those graduating with this degree include: Director of Finance, School Business Manager, Comptroller, Accountant, Director of Administrative Services, Director of Information Systems, Human Resource Manager, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Benefits Manager, and Financial Consultant.
Positions are available in vocational schools, public and private school districts, public and private universities, county agencies, Cooperative Education Service Agencies (CESA), cities and villages, municipalities, and the Department of Public Instruction.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of the organization of elementary and secondary schools and the expertise needed to manage their resources. Applied learning opportunities prepare students with the skills necessary to assume responsibilities in the areas of school finance and accounting, computer technology, property management, state reporting and other statutory requirements, policy interpretation, budget preparation and administration, cash management, personnel management, purchasing, risk management, collective bargaining, and strategic planning.
Additional Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the School Business Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a candidate must be accepted by the Graduate School and meet program entrance requirements. The status of each student is determined by his/her undergraduate grade point average and undergraduate or graduate work.
The degree requires a minimum of 36 units of course work and includes an internship with a licensed School Business Manager. This unpaid experience is supervised by university personnel.
At least half of the graduate level courses in the degree program must be at the 700 level.
Degree in School Business Management
SCHBUSMG 770 SCHOOL FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING 3 Units
School Finance and Accounting is designed for administrators and other school personnel who desire to learn the principles and concepts of school accounting; auditing and financial reporting; major sources of revenue; and cost management and investment techniques.
SCHBUSMG 771 SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES 3 Units
This course is designed specifically for prospective school business managers and other school administrators who desire to become acquainted with various management concepts and techniques in school business operations and with applications that can utilize computerized systems for efficient operations.
PREREQ: SCHBUSMG 770
SCHBUSMG 772 LEGAL ASPECTS OF EDUCATION 3 Units
Legal information is presented in nontechnical language to educational practitioners on all facets of school operations, including the liability of school districts and employees, school fund and indebtedness, administration, pupil governance, retirement benefits, and employment relations.
SCHBUSMG 774 SCHOOL BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 3 Units
Budgeting and Financial Reporting is designed for administrators and other school personnel who desire to learn the conceptual and practical aspects of budgeting and financial planning; inventory control; purchasing; capital project planning and debt service management.
SCHBUSMG 775 ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS 3 Units
This survey of the foundation, organization and administration of the American public school system includes the identification and examination of major issues relative to the continual development of public education such as the financing of public education and the role of the school business manager in this development.
SCHBUSMG 777 SCHOOL AUXILIARY SERVICES MANAGEMENT 3 Units
This course is designed for students seeking background knowledge and training in the management of school auxiliary services. The course emphasizes the processes and procedures necessary in the management of food services operations, school transportation operations and plant/maintenance operations.
PREREQ: RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS ADMITTED TO THE SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT DEGREE PROGRAM.
SCHBUSMG 778 INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Repeatable 1-6 Units
The internship is a clinical experience which provides prospective school business managers with varied opportunities to learn in a school setting. The internship is normally an 18-week assignment in a local school system. Applications must be made one semester in advance of the desired internship period.
PREREQ: SCHBUSMG 770
SCHBUSMG 781 SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONS IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY Repeatable 3 Units
This course is designed for aspiring business managers and other school administrators who desire to more effectively apply the concepts of leadership, interpersonal relations, conflict management, ethical decision-making, politics, diversity, and public relations in public education. The identification of varying student and community needs based on demographic differences is an integral part of this course. Specifically, racial, ethnic and gender differences are examined. Political factions at the school, local community and state levels are discussed with conclusions drawn about effective communication patterns. Ethical decision-making and conflict resolution in practical management situations is emphasized. This course is designed to assist future leaders of diverse learning organizations to enhance their abilities to foster positive relationships between schools and communities of all types.
SCHBUSMG 782 NEGOTIATIONS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN EDUCATION 3 Units
Designed for school administrators and other educators who desire to learn the principles and concepts and acquire the skills needed in collective negotiations and contract management in the public schools.
SCHBUSMG 790 WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-6 Units
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.
SCHBUSMG 798 INDIVIDUAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 Units
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
PREREQ: GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST BE ADMITTED TO THE M.B.A. OR M.P.A. ACCOUNTING.
SCHBUSMG 799 THESIS Repeatable 1-6 Units
Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.